Priest Concert, Hispanic Mass, Sacred Art Workshop and Pilgrimage to Indiana Among Upcoming Faith Offerings
SAGINAW — Below are some of the upcoming events that will take place across the Diocese of Saginaw:
WHAT: Grants Available to Parishes and Organizations which Support the Poor
WHEN: Deadline for Application is Monday, Sept. 8
The Diocese of Saginaw awards Operation Rice Bowl grants to assist parishes and organizations that support the poor with food, shelter or other programs that promote the dignity of the person and uphold Catholic Social Teaching. The grant application is available online here. More information is available by contacting Terri Grierson at 989-797-6650 or
WHAT: Evensong- A Biblical Journey as told thru Scripture, Song and Visual Arts
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 12
WHERE: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 North River Rd., Saginaw
The evening will take us through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. Priests will sing and play guitars and piano. Reverend Robert Byrne, Reverend John Mancini O.S.F.S., Reverend David Parsch and Reverend Peter Gaspeny will be making their return appearances. In addition this year will be the following priests from the Diocese of Saginaw: Reverend James Bessert, Reverend Andrew Booms, Reverend José Maria Cabrera, Reverend David Jenuwine, Reverend Richard Jozwiak, Reverend Andrew LaFramboise, Reverend Robert Meissner, Reverend John Sarge and Reverend Duane Wachowiak.
WHAT: Lay Ministry Commissioning and Renewal Mass
WHEN: 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14
WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will preside at the Commissioning and Renewal Liturgy. All are welcome! The Lay Ministry Program offers deep spiritual, theological and pastoral formation for lay people so that they may be even more effective in carrying out the lay apostolate and evangelization. Lay ministry formation involves four years of learning, spiritual formation and pastoral practice before each candidate is commissioned by the bishop for parish-based lay ministry or missioned by him as a “Christian in the World.” Those interested in learning more about the Lay Ministry Program may call 989-797-6609.
WHAT: Grief Recovery Series at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Midland
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday from Sept.16 to Oct. 21
WHERE: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (Parish Center)
This series is for any adult who is grieving a loss due to death. The series will help individuals better understand grief, learn coping skills and develop the ability to move forward. More information is available by contacting Cathy Converse at 989-631-4447. This series is presented free of charge.
WHAT: Mercy Walk to Promote Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center
WHEN: Registration at 9 a.m. and Walk begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20
WHERE: Sharp Park, 1401 Elmwood Rd., Lansing
The Mercy Walk was established to help draw attention to the importance of Catholic healthcare and support the efforts of Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center, Alma, Mich. and the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma in bringing the healing presence of Christ to the poor and sick members of the community. Pre-registration is preferred, but registration with a donation is also possible at the walk. All proceeds go to Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center. More information is available by contacting LeAnn Kirrmann, RN at 517-881-7416 or by emailing
WHAT: Hispanic Mass with Bishop Cistone- All are welcome
WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20
WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate a bilingual Mass on Sept. 20 at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption. The Mass is an opportunity to gather the entire community and recognize the cultural richness its Hispanic members bring to the local church and greater area.
WHAT: Catholic Grief Recovery Series at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Bay City
WHEN: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm every Thursday from Oct. 9-Nov. 13
WHERE: Our Lady of Peace Parish, 607 S. Union St., Bay City
A Catholic Grief Recovery Series will be held at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 607 S. Union Street in Bay City. An information session will be held Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 pm in the Parish Center. This series is for any adult who is grieving a loss due to death. The series will help individuals better understand grief, learn coping skills and develop the ability to move forward. For more information or to register please contact Joan Kozuch at 989 686-8081. This series is presented free of charge.
WHAT: Marriage Preparation Workshop
WHEN: From 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
The next Marriage Preparation Workshop offered by the Diocese of Saginaw is coming up soon! It will be held at the Center for Ministry. Among the topics discussed are: communication and conflict resolution, forgiveness, money matters, sex and sexuality, natural family planning and the sacrament of marriage. All presentations are done by married couples, professionals or trained individuals. Call Veronica Strudgeon in the Office of Christian Service at 989-797-6646 to register or contact her via email at
. Future dates for the Marriage Preparation Weekend are March 21-22, 2015 and October 2-3, 2015.
WHAT: Indiana Pilgrimage to St. Mother Theodore Guerin Shrine & Historic Churches in Indianapolis with Father Marcel Portelli
WHEN: Sunday Evening to Tuesday Evening, Oct. 5-7 (Two Days, One Night)
WHERE: Bus Leaves from Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
A pilgrimage to Indiana with Rev. J. Marcel Portelli will be available in October. The pilgrimage will include the following: #1 Day Retreat Visit with Holy Mass at St. Mother Théodore Guérin
Shrine in St. Mary's of the Woods, Indiana, #2 Our Lady of the Rosary Patronal Feast day Latin Tridentine Holy Mass at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Indianapolis, #3 Visits to Ss. Peter & Paul Cathedral, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and St. John Evangelist Church in Indianapolis, #4 Visit to Indianapolis Museum of Art (free admission), #5-Available free time with overnight stay at area hotel. Total cost per person (Lodging & Transportation) is
$190 (single) ; $145 (double) ; $130 (triple) ; $125 (quad). Please contact Michael Semaan at 248-250-6005 (www.prayerpilgrimages.com) for reservations, departure and return times, or more information.
WHAT: Sacred Art Workshop
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Monday, Nov. 3 to Saturday, Nov. 8
WHERE: The Religious Sisters of Mercy, Our Lady of Grace Center, 1965 Michigan Ave., Alma
Sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Alma, this is a week-long Illuminated Workshop designed to be a historical, scriptorium experience which is part of the prayerful, peaceful setting within a thriving, religious community. Participants may also, if they choose to do so, participate in the daily cycle of prayers with the sisters including the Divine Office and morning Mass. Limited number of participants are accepted in the intensive workshop. More information and the application are available at www.rsmofalma.org or by calling 989-463-6035 ext. 1.
SAVE THE DATE
WHAT: MYE Faith Youth Event 2015
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015
WHERE: Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Rd., University Center
Mid-Michigan Youth Faith Exchange (MYE Faith) is a one-day event in which youth encounter Christ through dynamic speakers, spirit-filled prayer, stirring music, sacramental reconciliation, fellowship and discussion. In addition, Bishop Cistone celebrates Mass with youth at the event. MYE Faith inspires youth to “own their faith,” live it daily and boldly share it with the world.
Although the complete agenda for the 2015 event is not yet public, the date is set for Aug. 8, 2015 and the theme is “Got Love?” Young people are being encouraged to save the date.